Videos featuring a small factory in China producing fake beer are now making the rounds on Chinese social media and it’s grossing everybody out.
The clips, which are earning collective expressions of disgust among netizens, showed counterfeit beer being siphoned into used Budweiser cans in a process that has a complete disregard for hygiene and care for consumers.
Shanghaiist published the videos edited in one footage, showing factory workers using their bare hands while dunking used beer cans into a tub to fill them up with beer-like liquid. Once filled, the cans are sent down a conveyor belt to get sealed by an automated machine.
The counterfeit products are said to be distributed to bars and nightclubs.
When the videos emerged online, netizens were quick to poke fun at them. Here are some comments compiled and translated by Mashable:
“Some ice-cold Budweiser should help you stop worrying [about counterfeits],” said one Weibo user.
“Dammit! I’ve drunk so many cans of Budweiser!” lamented one.
“No wonder when I drank beer for the first time at a karaoke lounge, I didn’t feel a thing,” pointed out another.
The factory, located in Dongguan in Guangzhou Province, reportedly produces 600,000 cartons of fake beer per month. Thankfully, the disgusting facility was recently raided by local police and has now been shut down.
Mashable reports that there have been a couple of fake Budweiser production center busts before in China. Just last year, a raid on a fake Budweiser factory in Guangzhou, China yielded thousands of fake beer cans.
Budweiser, which stated that it has not franchised its operations to a third party, had already filed complaints and is now seeking legal action.